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2l8                          LETTERS   FROM   THE

forgotten to think about him. The consternation
must be prodigious. Where will they cast the
anchor of their faith now ?

The Serenissima has made a rude casada.1
Never was a Government so easily overthrown
and dissolved- As to Austria, it looks as if money
or disaffection had settled much of the contest.

I have an answer from Madame de Talaru, so
cautiously worded that it is unintelligible; but I
suppose one may surmise that it is satisfactory,
so you may copy it out, and send it to the poor
old man. I have informed her that I sent him
a draft for fifty pounds, which I make no doubt
will be repaid.

Everything now seems to take a turn towards
tranquility and sociableness.2 Many revolutionary

1  Genoa.

2  The reaction had commenced, and all persons panted
for a return to the sociability and courtesies of former times.
Social amusements, so long exiled, were revived and eagerly
sought  after.    People commenced to breathe  a new air.
Hope awoke in their  hearts,  and  that  politeness  which
hideous  cynicism  had  abolished was regenerated.    Some
salons,   amongst   others  that   of   Madame  de   Montesson,
aunt to Madame de Genlis, were re-opened; and although
men  still  addressed   each   other  as Citoyen, they saluted
women with Madame.   One curious fact merits record, viz.,
at no period were so many theatres open in Paris, and never,
according to official returns, were they so much frequented
as from 1793 to 1798.   The number amounted to twenty-five,
of which nine gave operas.